Online application

The application process is done entirely online, in French or English from mid-November to January 15th or from January 16th to April 15th. Documents sent by email or fax will not be considered.

Please read all the instructions on this page before starting your online application.

Note that you can apply to only one program per academic year.

Apply

See the overview of the important deadlines.

Preparing your application

The application process being completely electronic, you will first have to digitize the requested documents (see list hereunder).

Once you have filled in the application form and downloaded all your documents, validate your application. Please note that your candidacy will not be considered if your complete application is not submitted by the deadline.

Validating your electronic application will generate a confirmation e-mail and an application number for your file.

Attention: The reference letters must be registered in the system. The deadline for receiving the letters is 1 week after the application deadline. The exact day is indicated in the confirmation e-mail you receive once your electronic application is validated.
The online application form will close on January 15 and respectively April 15.

Applicants for the programme in Architecture only: send your work portfolio (A4 format) by post to the Registrar’s Office, mentionning the applicant number that will be generated when you validate your online application form to the following address:

EPFL
Student services
BP 1229
Station 16
CH-1015 Lausanne

Required documents

All documents and diplomas should be in English, French, German or Italian. Please join a legalized translation of all documents written in another language.

    1. Your resumé (curriculum vitae)
    1. Copy of your University degree(s) or Bachelor’s degree. If you don’t have your degree yet, you will bring it to the Registrar’s Office upon registration at EPFL*.
    2. Legalized transcripts from each university you have attended.
    3. A statement of purpose. See hereunder for a more detailed explanation.
    1. The contact details of three academic referees, who will each be asked to produce one recommendation letter for you (except for holders of any EPFL Bachelor’s degree applying in another field and for candidates from another Swiss ETH/EPF, university or FHS/HES applying for a Master’s program in the same field of study as their Bachelor’s). See below for a more detailed explanation.
  1. Your identity card or passport.
  2. For foreigners who already live in Switzerland: your residence permit.
Extra documents such as TOEFL or GRE scores, research publications or other portfolios of your previous work, are welcome but not compulsory. We will only consider documents uploaded in your online application form. (No documents sent by postal mail).
Additional requirements to apply for Architecture::
Applicants for the programme in Architecture are required to join a portfolio of their work sample (A4 max.). Since the portfolios cannot be digitized, those applicants are asked to send a paper copy of their portolio by post (see directions above). Candidates for Architecture must also have a 12-month professional experience before they start the programme. Please download the work or internships certificates (if available) in the electronic form.  For applicants with a non-francophone education, a C1 certificate of competence in French according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (e.g. DALF/DELF) is also needed.
* All admitted candidates are requested to present certified academic documents upon registration at EPFL. Further information here.

Recommendation letters

Holders of an EPFL Bachelor’s degree applying in another field than their original field of study do not need to supply any recommendation.

Candidates from ETH Zurich, from another Swiss university or from a FHS/HES applying to a Master in the same field of study as their Bachelor, do not need to supply the recommendations.

All other candidates are requested to provide three recommendation letters. The recommendation letters must be issued by professors who are well aware of your work and qualities. These recommendations are confidential and will only be accepted if they are received through the electronic application process.

During the application process, you will be requested to give your referees’ details. Validating your electronic application will generate a personal e-mail to  your referees, requesting them to fill in the recommendation form.

Make sure you leave enough time to your referees to fill in the recommendation letter, by validating your electronic application form early enough. Your application will only be finalized when EPFL receives at least two recommendation letters within the required deadline. You will be notified by email when each referee has provided his or her recommendation.

Attention: The reference letters must be registered in the system. The deadline for receiving the letters is 1 week after the application deadline. The exact day is indicated in the confirmation e-mail you receive once your electronic application is validated.
The online application form will close on January 15 and respectively April 15.

Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose should not exceed 1000 words. You are required to describe your academic background and your career strategy. Please be precise about the objectives you wish to reach through your studies at EPFL.

Application fee

For EPFL to handle your application file, the processing fee required is:

  • CHF 150.- if you hold a foreign Bachelor’s degree
  • CHF 50.- if you hold a Bachelor’s degree delivered by a Swiss university
  • CHF 0.- if you hold a Bachelor’s degree delivered by EPFL or ETH

Payment is only possible by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), Swiss Postcard debit card, or PayPal.